Becoming Coach Jake

Becoming Coach Jake

A Story of Overcoming the Odds, on the Soccer Field and Beyond

Martin Jacobson, Bill Saporito, Don Garber, Kyle Martino

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A memoir about battling adversity, by the winningest high school soccer coach in New York City public school history!
In the Fall of 2018, Martin Luther King Jr. High School’s boys soccer program won its 18th New York City public school championship to culminate a 19–0 season in which it was ranked no. 3 in the country. Martin Jacobson, whose first championship team was in 1996, three years after he became head coach, had put together yet another winning squad, continuing to make history in the process.

But Coach Jake’s story is more than just a soccer tale. In his time as coach at MLK, he has given hundreds of immigrants—from places like Mexico, Columbia, Senegal, Mali, and Haiti, and some of them homeless or parentless—an opportunity to gain some direction in both the classroom as well as on the field. Becoming Coach Jake highlights some of those individuals’ stories and brings to light how, with Jake’s guidance, many of them have gone on to achieve great success in their adult lives.

Along the way, readers learn how Coach Jake got to MLK after a drug-filled past that included multiple failed marriages and near-prison sentences, before quitting drugs and alcohol cold turkey in 1985 after several stints in rehab proved unsuccessful. Jacobson teams up with seasoned journalist Bill Saporito to detail the triumph achieved both on the field and far beyond.
 


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Martin Jacobson:
Martin Jacobson has been the head coach of the boys soccer team at Martin Luther King Jr. High School since 1994. His life and coaching success has been covered by the New York Times, BBC, New York Post, 60 Minutes, and several other national and New York outlets and has been documented in a film called Coach Jake. Jacobson resides in New York City.
Bill Saporito is an editor at large at Inc. magazine and a contributor to the New York Times editorial page. Prior to that, he was sports and business editor at Time and a writer/editor at Fortune. Saporito is also the chairman of the soccer program at the New York Athletic Club and has edited two books. He resides in New York City.
 


Martin Jacobson has been the head coach of the boys soccer team at Martin Luther King Jr. High School since 1994. His life and coaching success has been covered by the New York Times, BBC, New York Post, 60 Minutes, and several other national and New York outlets and has been documented in a film called Coach Jake. Jacobson resides in New York City.
Bill Saporito is an editor at large at Inc. magazine and a contributor to the New York Times editorial page. Prior to that, he was sports and business editor at Time and a writer/editor at Fortune. Saporito is also the chairman of the soccer program at the New York Athletic Club and has edited two books. He resides in New York City.
 


Martin Jacobson has been the head coach of the boys soccer team at Martin Luther King Jr. High School since 1994. His life and coaching success has been covered by the New York Times, BBC, New York Post, 60 Minutes, and several other national and New York outlets and has been documented in a film called Coach Jake. Jacobson resides in New York City.
Bill Saporito is an editor at large at Inc. magazine and a contributor to the New York Times editorial page. Prior to that, he was sports and business editor at Time and a writer/editor at Fortune. Saporito is also the chairman of the soccer program at the New York Athletic Club and has edited two books. He resides in New York City.
 


Martin Jacobson has been the head coach of the boys soccer team at Martin Luther King Jr. High School since 1994. His life and coaching success has been covered by the New York Times, BBC, New York Post, 60 Minutes, and several other national and New York outlets and has been documented in a film called Coach Jake. Jacobson resides in New York City.
Bill Saporito is an editor at large at Inc. magazine and a contributor to the New York Times editorial page. Prior to that, he was sports and business editor at Time and a writer/editor at Fortune. Saporito is also the chairman of the soccer program at the New York Athletic Club and has edited two books. He resides in New York City.
 

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